Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. A delineation or account of a particniar subject by the recital of its characteristic accidents and qualities.
    2. A written enumeration of items composing an estate, or of its condition, or of titles or documents; llke an inventory, but with more particularity, and without involving the idea of an appraisement
    3. An exact written account of an article, mechanical device, or process which is the subject of an application for a patent
    4. A method of pointing out a particular person by referring to his relationship to seme other person or his character as an officer, trustee, executor, etc.
    5. That part of a conveyance, advertisement of sale, etc., which identifies the land intended to be affected.